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Is Sign Language A Universal Language?

As long as people have been conveying their thoughts and emotions through speaking, they have been communicating through sign language as well. The use of these visual gestures as a form of language was not invented by any one person, but rather has come about spontaneously over time by those who use it primarily to interact. Beginning in the early 1960’s in the United States and the Netherlands, research showed that every verified form of sign language in the world were complex, natural languages from the local to national level. While varying widely in each separate culture, sign languages do have universal features that make it possible for users from differing places to understand one another far easier than it would be for users of u....